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Oswego City School District Educator Named to National ‘Dream Team’

Dennis Pawlikowski, a math teacher at Oswego Middle School in Oswego City School District, spent June 4-7 in New Orleans participating in TeachFest, a unique professional development event focused on creating high-quality Common Core curricular resources. Pawlikowski attended the event as part of LearnZillion’s Dream Team of 200 talented math and English language arts (ELA) teachers.

Dennis Pawlikowski is congratulated by Oswego Middle School Principal Mary Beth Fierro for his invitation and participation for the elite LearnZillion program.
Dennis Pawlikowski is congratulated by Oswego Middle School Principal Mary Beth Fierro for his invitation and participation for the elite LearnZillion program.

At TeachFest, the Dream Team kicked-off a rigorous summer-long collaboration with educators from around the country – deepening their understanding of the Common Core State Standards and gathering best practices as input for their work with LearnZillion. Dream Team members have now returned to their respective districts to continue their work as part of a LearnZillion-facilitated digital professional learning community.

“I had two colleagues go to TeachFest, and they both raved about the networking impact where you can work with people who are very motivated to do exactly what you want to do,” said Pawlikowski.

“Dennis, like every member of our Dream Team, has embraced this challenging professional learning opportunity because he is passionate about developing his practice and scaling his impact for the benefit of teachers and students around the world,” said Eric Westendorf, LearnZillion CEO. “It is an honor to work with and to champion talented, impact-oriented educators like Dennis.”

The diverse 2014 Dream Team members were selected from a competitive pool of 4,000 applicants. They represent 42 states, three countries (U.S., Singapore and Tunisia) and over 2,300 years of teaching experience, ranging from two to 42 years in the classroom.Click here for a complete list of educator names by state.

LearnZillion champions teachers and provides schools and districts with an effective bridge to the Common Core. LearnZillion Premium’s math curricular resources and close reading/writing program are built by a Dream Team of top educators directly from the standards to unlock the instructional potential of teachers and prepare every student for the rigorous new assessments.

A flexible learning platform allows schools and districts to develop teacher leaders as they customize a high-quality curriculum for every building. Over 400,000 teachers now use the LearnZillion platform.

Customers include District of Columbia Public Schools, Syracuse City Public Schools, the Delaware Department of Education, the Connecticut State Department of Education and various school consortia throughout the United States. Founded in 2011 by two former teachers, LearnZillion is onFast Company’s World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education. Connect online at @LearnZillion and www.LearnZillion.com.